Bud Yorkin
Alan David Yorkin

(1926-02-22)February 22, 1926
DiedAugust 18, 2015(2015-08-18) (aged 89)
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • actor
Years active1952–2015
  • (m. 1954; div. 1986)
  • (m. 1989⁠–⁠2015)
ChildrenNicole, David, Jessica and Michael

Alan David "Bud" Yorkin (February 22, 1926 – August 18, 2015) was an American film and television producer, director, screenwriter, and actor.


Yorkin was born Alan David Yorkin on February 22, 1926, in Washington, Pennsylvania. At age 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II.[1][2] Yorkin earned a degree in engineering from Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh.[3]

In 1954, Yorkin became the producer of NBC's The Tony Martin Show, a 15-minute variety program which preceded the nightly news on Monday evenings. In 1955, he produced and directed the live 11-episode half-hour military comedy, The Soldiers, starring Hal March, Tom D'Andrea, and John Dehner.[4] In 1956, he became the producer and director of Tennessee Ernie Ford's NBC half-hour comedy/variety program, The Ford Show.[5]

In 1958, Yorkin joined writer/producer Norman Lear to form Tandem Productions, which produced several motion pictures and television specials in the 1960s to 1971 with such major studios as United Artists and Warner Bros. Yorkin directed and produced the 1958 TV special An Evening with Fred Astaire, which won nine Emmy Awards. He later produced many of the hit sitcoms of the 1970s, such as All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, and Sanford and Son.

After his split with Lear, Yorkin went on to form Bud Yorkin Productions. His first sitcom after the split was the unsuccessful Sanford and Son spin-off sitcom Grady. In 1976, he formed TOY Productions with Saul Turteltaub and Bernie Orenstein (who produced Sanford and Son from 1974 to 1977) and their two hits were What's Happening!! and Carter Country. TOY Productions was acquired by Columbia Pictures Television in 1979.[6]

In 1963, Yorkin directed Come Blow Your Horn, starring Frank Sinatra and Lee J. Cobb. Yorkin went on to direct and produce the film Start the Revolution Without Me starring Gene Wilder and Donald Sutherland in 1970 which has become a cult classic. He also directed the film Twice in a Lifetime in 1985, starring Gene Hackman.

In 1999, he and Lear were awarded the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of excellence and innovation in creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television. In 2002, Yorkin was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.[7]

Yorkin died on August 18, 2015, at the age of 89. He was married to actress Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, and was the father of television writer and producer Nicole Yorkin[8] from his thirty-year first marriage to Peg Yorkin, co-founder and chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation. He was a member of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.[9]


As director

As producer


  1. ^ Bud Yorkin, Overlooked ‘All in the Family’ Legend, Dies at 89 The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  2. ^ Bud Yorkin, Overview Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  3. ^ Woo, Elaine (August 18, 2015). "Bud Yorkin dies at 89; partner in TV's 'All in the Family,' 'Sanford and Son'". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ "The Soldiers". Classic TV Archives. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  5. ^ McNeil, Alex (1985). Total Television. Penguin Books. pp. 824–825. ISBN 978-0-14-007377-5.
  6. ^ "New TOY". Broadcasting: 39. February 19, 1979. ISSN 1068-6827.
  7. ^ "Television Hall of Fame Honorees: Complete List". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Roberts, Sam (August 18, 2015). "Bud Yorkin, Writer and Producer of 'All in the Family,' Dies at 89". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Hollywood Reporter: "Hollywood's Hottest $150 Million Project Is an 83-Year-Old Synagogue – Studio heads, agency chieftains and top producers have come together, "Avengers"-style, to save their iconic but decaying Wilshire Boulevard Temple -- an A-list house of worship far from the Westside" by Gary Baum May 30, 2012
  10. ^ Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide